What impact have the unprecedented and rapid changes to the structure of education in England had on school governors and policy makers? And what effect has the intensifying media and regulatory focus had on the volunteers who take on the job?
Jacqueline Baxter takes the 2014 ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal, in which it was alleged that governors at 25 Birmingham schools were involved in the “Islamisation” of secular state schools, as a focus point to examine the pressures and challenges in the current system. Informed by her twenty years’ experience as a school governor, she considers both media analysis and policy as well as the implications for the future of a democratic system of education in England.
“Brings new insight into how & why governors are positioned within society and how shifting attitudes to the purpose of school have shaped the future of governance.” Ian Usher, ModernGovernor.com
"An interesting account of shifting priorities between different Conservative governments, and the impact that this has on local accountability, choice and the voices of parents." Governing Matters
"A succinct, and fascinating, document on the many challenges we have faced as 'Hidden Givers' over the last few years. The changing landscape of legislation is fully captured along with the increased accountability measures the largest volunteer workforce in the country attempts to meet whilst remaining focused on improvement in their schools." Jane Owens, National Leader of Governance, Wirral
“Expertly explores the key issues surrounding modern school governance by combining analysis of recent developments with findings from Baxter’s own research into governors’ sense-making. A stimulating and informative read for anyone interested in school governance and leadership.” Ellie Cotgrave, Research and Projects Manager, National Governors’ Association
Jacqueline Baxter is a Lecturer in Public Policy and Management in the Open University Faculty of Business and Law and a module leader on the MBA programme. Her current research investigates the role of education and development in the formation of female leadership identities.
The Trojan Horse: catastrophe or catalyst for change?;
Media representations of school governance today;
Opening up The Trojan Horse;
Governors today: Identities and perceptions;
Regulating the Governors?;
School Governing in England, a whole new chapter?.